TarotBlogHop: Mabon 2014

How Tarot changed my life. Again. Come join the Tarot Blog Hop!

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Hey y’all! It’s the Mabon Tarot Blog Hop. I’m so happy it’s here. We have two left this year. If you are a blogger who wants to join, we’d love to have you. Check out our FaceBook group here.

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The person crazy enough to volunteer for this hop is Morgan Drake Eckstein.

He asked us to think about moments when our understanding of the Tarot radically changed.

For me, there are several but one stands out in particular.

I was living in Denver in the Five Points area, right across from the park on Champa to be precise. I was single. I was teaching at the now defunct College of Wicca and Old Lore. I was in a very happy place in my personal life.

One of the things I taught at COWOL was Tarot. Quelle surprise, right? Because of that, I read a lot of people’s cards. I also worked with, and taught, the magical uses of stones. I did a rather popular workshop at a local store as well on that subject.

My stone work deals with the Chakra system. It occurred to me that I could use Tarot as well with that system. And that’s when I created my first spread. I remember reading for a friend up in my upstairs apartment. We were sitting on the floor. As I laid the cards out, a very big, bad thing showed up–in her root chakra.

ASIDE: This next bit could be a bit trigger-y so I’m posting the lovely Nine of Fire from Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot to put in a spacer. Besides, this is one of my favorite Chakra and Tarot combo cards.

Gaian Tarot Nine of Fire
Gaian Tarot

As a reader, I am committed to reading the cards as I see them. I work with my clients to have conversations around the cards that fall. But this one? This one told me she had a past history of sexual abuse.

We worked through it. There were tears, hugs and anger at what person of power had done to a child. She also went back into therapy (I am not a therapist and don’t pretend to be one.)

But what hit me then was the power of Tarot within the framework of the right spread. Since then I’ve developed many spreads. I have a small collection of the Fairy Tale focused ones here.

I don’t do that Chakra one as much any more. It’s one of the few that I prefer to do in person or via SKYPE. It’s just not the same in email for some reason. Not sure why that is.

But, here’s the thing. I really love that spread. I’d like to do it for one of you via SKYPE or, if you are in the Austin area, in person. So leave me a comment letting me know why you would like to have a consultation with me using my Chakra spread. I’ll pull a name and email the winner. I’ll also post the winner here on September 30th.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Nine of Fire, Gaian Tarot, Joanna Powell Colbert

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Walking, Meditating & Practices

Can’t remember who I first heard of this from, but I’m going to share it here in case there’s another “crappy meditation candidate” out here.

Today’s card is a reminder that what is balanced and restful for me may not be for you. I like peace and quiet. I am not one to leave the radio or TV on just for noise. I rarely listen to music in the car. I prefer audiobooks.

For years, I thought I was a crappy meditation candidate because lying still and focusing on nothing made me twitchy. I fall asleep if left to lie quietly for too long (these days too long can be about five minutes–hee.)

Then I discovered walking meditation. Can’t remember who I first heard of this from, but I’m going to share it here in case there’s another “crappy meditation candidate” out here.

Take a walk. Have a thought you want to hold on to like “seek joy, y’all” or “inner peace”. Then let that thought go as you focus on the business of moving. Feel the sun on your body or the cool wind against your face. Just let your body fall into a rhythm of feet moving with arms swinging.

Observe. See what you see. Don’t worry about the meeting later or the bills on the desk. Just walk and observe. Be in that specific moment aware of your own body.

When you get home, if you are like me, you may feel more alert and refreshed.

If you are not like me, may I suggest a nice bed and some soft music? 😀

How do you meditate? Do you think it’s an important spiritual practice?

9 of Fire, Gaian Tarot, Llewellyn 2011

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